As spring training draws to a close and we have a better idea of what the Detroit Tigers have on their roster, we also have an idea of how the prospect scene looks. From the Statcast highlights of Riley Greene to Spencer Torkelson’s slow start, those are some of the changes on the prospect front.
What else has changed on the Detroit Tigers’ prospect front since Jake discussed the prospects who could make their debut five months ago?
- MLB Pipeline recently announced the Tigers farm system as number 2 overall, just behind the Rays.
- Zack Hess, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange’s stock continues to rise
- Cristian Santana is among the Top 10 Detroit Tigers prospects list on FanGraphs.
- Akil Baddoo is a dude.
- Manager AJ Hinch is a fan of Isaac Paredes and his game.
With the minor league not starting until May 1, there will be a few Detroit Tigers prospects who will be in the mini-camp, waiting for the opportunity to get called up if something happens in April. For pitchers Joey Wentz and Rony Garcia, extra time to recover and possibly make their minor league season debut sooner than later.
The road to Detroit will be busy this summer. Manager AJ Hinch will have to rely on a farm system that has a handful of players who will make their debut and could contribute. Will there be a surprise name that wasn’t in spring training camp that could make their debut? Sure, and that is my hope.
Detroit needs more names on the positional player side to start rising up through the various prospect rankings and make an impact. A surprise or two on the minor league front would be ideal that isn’t just Greene or Torkelson. Let’s start when around an estimated month we could see them.